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20 Feb 2018

How to Keep Your Backyard Ready for Winter Parties

Winter is usually the time when people close down their backyards and go inside for parties and entertaining visitors. But adding backyard features that not only survive through the cold but are perfect for winter parties can be a great way to make use of all of your backyard space. Here’s how:

How to Keep Your Backyard Ready for Winter Parties

  • Build a sheltered nook for an outdoor fireplace. There’s nothing better than a crackling fire for keeping the cold of late winter at bay, and getting a patio with a walled corner can help ward off the wind, too. An outdoor fireplace can help provide a passive conversation piece and active heating so you can have family and friends over for casual conversation that doesn’t revolve around a screen. A fireplace can also provide novel meals and appetizers: set up a bar for s’mores so people can roast marshmallows over the fire and get a small taste of winter camping.
  • Construct a kitchen that’s fit for winter. Many outdoor and patio kitchens are packed up and made dormant over the winter. While part of this is to prevent water damage from unused pipes and to lengthen the life of cooking equipment that can’t sit in the outdoors unused, you don’t have to have a kitchen that’s restricted to the summer months. Find a company that can equip your outdoor kitchen with hardy, winter-ready appliances, and ask about cook tops that, even if you have to take them inside for most of the winter, can easily be set up and used at a moment’s notice.

Renovating your backyard shouldn’t just improve your summers. Go to Varsity Pools with outdoor features that can make your yard a warm winter wonderland.

06 Feb 2018

Must-Have Safety Features for Your Commercial Pool

If you’re renovating your community fitness center or adding a pool to your building, you have to put a lot of consideration into the design aesthetic, safety features, and general design elements so you get a pool that fits with your business. Whether you’re focused on finding a pool perfect for all ages or one that fits seamlessly into the style of your building (or both), here are two must-have features that your contractor should provide:

Must-Have Safety Features for Your Commercial Pool

  1. The drains and outlets need to provide maximum effectiveness with minimal interference. Keep your pool clean and minimizing overflow is important for both your users and the surrounding the property. Hire a professional that can place drains that allow for optimal water flow without presenting a hazard to any swimmers. The drains to be designed to minimize entrapment and drain covers should have backup safeties. Also, ask your contractor if they follow Virginia Graeme Baker Act safety regulations.
  2. Have the depths etched into the perimeter with decorative concrete treatments. Clear, legible depth measurements are absolutely essential for protecting your swimmers. Using paint can run the risk of the pigment fading over time or the paint chipping away. Get the numbers etched into the concrete instead so you have permanent and clear numbers. With concrete design, you can also have the numbers featured in a way that matches the surrounding style and color palette.

Safety features are a primary consideration in any commercial pool construction. Varsity Pools excels at providing pools with both safety features and a high-quality design that keeps all of your swimmers coming back.